OUTing the Past: The 3rd Allan Horsfall Lecture


We are delighted to include the video of the Third Allan Horsfall Lecture, recorded at Liverpool John Moores University. Diana Souhami, the award-winning author delivered her lecture ‘The Painter Gluck, “no prefix, suffix, or quotes” and Other Notable Lesbians’ and Bisi Alimi the founder and the Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, an organisation working to accelerate social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria.

Thanks on Behalf of Schools OUT


Schools OUT(UK) extends a BIG THANK YOU to all of the literally thousands of people that attended one or more of last month’s OUTing the Past events during February 2017’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History Month. This stunning success of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History was only made possible by the endeavour of hundreds of volunteers, museums …

Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library


Glad to be gay – the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE Library LSE Library has been home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives since 1988. It’s an extensive collection of archives, ephemera and printed material documenting the development of gay activism in the UK since the 1950s. But how did it come to LSE and what does it hold? The origins The Hall-Carpenter …

SEXing the Past 2017 Opens Events to the Public

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A limited number of free tickets to some of the events scheduled as part of SEXing the Past: The What is and How to Do LGBT History Conference are now available to the public. The two-day conference, which takes place at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on March 4th and 5th, marks the end of the National Festival of LGBT History. …

Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

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For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

Manchester’s People’s History Museum is Never Going Underground for OUTing the Past 2017

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OUTing the Past: Manchester People’s History Museum Sunday 26 February 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm On the opening weekend of Never Going Underground, join us to celebrate LGBT History Month with OUTing the Past Manchester (part of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History). There will be taster tours throughout the day of the exhibition and PHM’s main galleries.  Human rights campaigner …

The Victoria and Albert Museum is Blurring the Lines and OUTing the Past for 2017


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OUTing the Past: (London) @ The Victoria & Albert Museum Friday 10th February 2017 (18:00 to 21:00 hrs) The V&A is pleased to announce that on the 10th February 2017 we are taking part as one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the …

SEXing the Past ’17: The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference

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Proudly Announcing Festival Headliner: The OUTing the Past LGBT History Festival Conference:  SEXing the Past ’17: [aka The 4th What is & How to do LGBT History Conference] @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool L1 3BX Friday (evening) 3rd to Saturday to Sunday 5th March 2017    We are proud to be part of OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian, …

Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

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OUTing the Past: (London) @ The British Museum Sunday 19th February 2017 (11.00 – 16.00) Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum Great Court and Clore Centre for Education Come and find out about objects with LGBTQ histories from across the British Museum’s collection. Listen to a series of specialist talks giving insight into specific objects, the stories they can …

The National Archives Aims to Balance the State’s Perspective of LGBT History

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OUTing the Past: (London) @ The National Archives Saturday 11th February 2017 (1:30 pm to 5:30 pm) We are delighted to invite in a range of speakers to reflect on topics relevant to The National Archives collections and to add balance to the state’s perspective of LGBT history. This afternoon event of powerful speakers will explore varied aspects of LGBT …